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Dhrupad Sarod - A Brainchild of Debanjan Bhattacharjee

Dhrupad Sarod is a Pioneering Work, conceptualized & exclusively performed globally by Debanjan Bhattacharjee with solely Pakhawaj on accompaniment.

The Media describes Debanjan as :

"..Inventor of Dhrupad Sarod" - Official Invite released from PM office, for Sarod concert hosted by hon'ble PM of India Shri Narendra Modi, dated 20 February 2019.

"..Pioneer of Dhrupad Sarod" - Web release by renowned corporate house HCL through HCL Concerts page, dated March 2020.

"..Conceived a new form of recital called Dhrupad Sarod" - Published in the Times of India, dated 25 January 2020.

"..Performer of Dhrupad on Sarod for the 1st time" - Translated from renowned Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, dated 24th February 2019.

"..Plays in the pure Dhrupad style" - Published in The Hindu, dated 9 March, 2018.

What is Dhrupad Sarod ?

Dhrupad, the ancient most form of Indian Classical Music is very less heard on Sarod accompanied on Pakhawaj. "Dhrupad Sarod" is a new concept & special form of Sarod recital conceptualized & exclusively performed globally by Debanjan Bhattacharjee with Pakhawaj on accompaniment. This unique presentation comprises of Dhrupad style compositions in Dhrupad Talas accompanied solely by Pakhawaj (or sometimes both the Dhrupad and Khayal styles with Pakhawaj & Tabla). The Dhrupad style of playing, involves various special features like Saat Sangat, Lar-Lapet, Ladi etc in exclusive Dhrupad Talas like Dhamar, Choutal, Sooltal, Aada-choutaal, Ashtamangal & thus completely different from a regular Sarod recital with Tabla.

"..It makes me feel special that my brainchild and concept is now being endorsed by other instrumentalists too. I feel blessed that my humble initiative is widely recognized. I dedicate this success to my Gurus, parents, family and wellwishers.." - Debanjan Bhattacharjee

Dhrupad Sarod - Videos

Raga Darbari Kanada - Dhamar at Dhrupad Mela, Varanasi

Raga Sharad Pancham in Tala Ashtamangal at Dhrupad Mela

Raga Kaunsi Bhairav - Alapchari at Dhrupad Mela, Varanasi

Raga Puriya Dhanashri - Dhamar at WB Govt Rajya Sangit Conference

Raga Bageshri - Dhamar at Cervantino festival, Mexico

Raga Kaunsi Bhairav - Chautaal at Doordarshan Kolkata

Raga Puriya Kalyan - Alapchari at NCPA, Mumbai

Raga Darbari Kanada - Dhrupad Jod at Dhrupad Mela, Varanasi

Dhrupad Sarod - Government Recognition

Debanjan's Dhrupad Sarod concert was hosted by the hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi in honour of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Debanjan had the rare honour of presenting his new initiative " Dhrupad Sarod " in the biggest Latin American Music Festival - Internacional Cervantino as an Indian Cultural Diplomat and also in various Indian states nationally upon invitation from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Dhrupad Sarod has been promoted by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, through detailed coverage in Doordarshan and All India Radio.
Dhrupad Sarod has been promoted by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.
Dhrupad Sarod has also been promoted by Govt. of West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Worldwide Popularity of Dhrupad Sarod

Debanjan has performed Dhrupad Sarod in the prestigious festivals - Cervantino (biggest Music Festival of Latin America), Canada, Dhrupad Mela (Varanasi), Prayag Sangeet Sammelan (Allahabad), Rajya Sangeet Academy Annual Conference (Kolkata), Kochi Festival, National Dhrupad Samaroh (Darbhanga), Trisaptika Samaroh (Bokaro), Nadd Festival and many such festivals in Telengana, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal.
Debanjan's pioneering work of introducing exclusive Dhrupad on Sarod has been highly appreciated by his own Guru Sarode maestro Ustad Aashish Khan and also legendary Dhrupad stalwarts Late Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar, Pandit Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha, Ustad Nafisuddin and Anisuddin Dagar, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Pandit Dalchand Sharma, Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma, Pandit Manick Munde and many others.

Dhrupad Sarod Album Released!

"Dhrupad Sarod Series - Vol I" album on 'Rare Raga in Rare Tala', is now released! CDs are available.

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